pleasantness

pleasant

[plez-uhnt]
adjective
1.
pleasing, agreeable, or enjoyable; giving pleasure: pleasant news.
2.
(of persons, manners, disposition, etc.) socially acceptable or adept; polite; amiable; agreeable.
3.
fair, as weather: a pleasant summer day.
4.
Archaic. gay, sprightly, or merry.
5.
Obsolete. jocular or facetious.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English plesaunt < Middle French plaisant, orig. present participle of plaisir to please; see -ant

pleasantly, adverb
pleasantness, noun


1. welcome, gratifying. 2. delightful, congenial, friendly.
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pleasant (ˈplɛzənt)
 
adj
1.  giving or affording pleasure; enjoyable
2.  having pleasing or agreeable manners, appearance, habits, etc
3.  obsolete merry and lively
 
[C14: from Old French plaisant, from plaisir to please]
 
'pleasantly
 
adv
 
'pleasantness
 
n

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pleasant
1320, from O.Fr. plaisant, prp. of plaisir "to please" (see please). Pleasantry "sprightly humor in conversation" (1655) is from Fr. plaisanterie, from O.Fr. plesanterie (13c.), from plaisant. It has the word's modern Fr. sense of "funny, jocular."
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